Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2021: summary of changes

Publication date 2021

CASPAR briefing

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the statutory safeguarding and child protection guidance for schools and colleges in England, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE)1.

The guidance sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

Our briefing outlines the latest changes to the guidance, which came into force on 1st September 2021, including:

  • further information on child criminal and sexual exploitation
  • guidance on responding to peer-on-peer abuse, including sexual harassment
  • additional guidance on online safety, including remote education
  • a new section on responding to low-level concerns and allegations.

References

Department for Education (2021) Keeping children safe in education 2021: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF). London: Department for Education.
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Updates to sexual violence and sexual harassment guidance

The DfE has also published updated guidance for schools and colleges in England on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children.

> Changes to the Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges guidance

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Updates to KCSIE from 2019 to January 2021

Summary of updates to Keeping children safe in education from 2019 to January 2021

Our 2020 briefing summarises changes that were introduced to the Department for Education’s Keeping children safe in education guidance in 2019 and 2020. It also summarises updates made in January 2021 to reflect legal changes following the UK's exit from the European Union.

January 2021 updates

In January 2021, the guidance was updated following the UK’s exit from the European Union to:

  • remove references to checking Teacher Services for European Economic Area sanctions
  • update advice on checking the past conduct of individuals who have lived or worked overseas1.

2020 updates

The 2020 edition added guidance around the following areas:

  • legislation, including the mandatory Relationship Education, Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education guidance applicable from September 2020
  • information to support schools and colleges to protect their children in areas including: mental health, domestic abuse, child criminal and sexual exploitation and county lines
  • managing allegations against supply teachers2.

2019 updates

The 2019 edition incorporated the following changes:

  • changes to local safeguarding children’s boards (LSCBs) arrangements
  • changes to Ofsted framework
  • the new RSE curriculum
  • schools' responsibilities in recognising and responding to concerns around pupils at risk of engaging in serious crime
  • information regarding ‘upskirting3’.

Download our full 2020 briefing

Our briefing summarises changes that were introduced to the Department for Education’s Keeping children safe in education guidance in 2019, 2020 and January 2021.

> Download KCSIE updates from 2019 to January 2021: CASPAR briefing (PDF)

References

Department for Education (2021) Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges. Update - January 2021 (Post EU Exit) (PDF). London: Department for Education.
Department for Education (2020) Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges. London: Department for Education.
Department for Education (2019) Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges. London: Department for Education.

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